Theodore Adamstein- Founder & Executive Director
FotoDC, Washington D.C., USA
Theo Adamstein is the founder and executive director of FotoDC l FotoWeek DC. His experience in the photography and design world led him to found FotoWeekDC in 2008. FotoWeek, Washington’s first citywide celebration of photography attracts over 30,000 participants each year, including both professional and amateur photographers as well as photography enthusiasts. Partners include National Geographic, the Smithsonian, and a host of local gallery and arts non-profits. The organization’s mission is to discover and present emerging and established work and to give exposure to photographers. FotoWeekDC has recently evolved from a city-centric annual festival to emerge as FotoDC, a year-round tribute to photography in all its forms.
An accomplished fine art photographer himself, Mr. Adamstein’s work has been represented by private gallery and museum shows, including several one-man exhibitions. Mr. Adamstein graduated from The Cooper Union School of Architecture in New York in 1980 and began careers in both photography and architecture. In 1982, he founded Chrome, Inc, a professional lab serving the Mid Atlantic region, and developed an extensive knowledge of photographic reproduction and technique. In 2009, Chrome and DodgeColor merged and became Dodge-Chrome Inc. Mr. Adamstein now serves as co-owner and president of Dodge- Chrome, which is regarded as the area's premier imaging studio.
As a portfolio reviewer, Mr. Adamstein offers participants guidance in refining their vision, assistance with portfolio design and presentation, as well as guidance on how to get work exhibited. He is most interested in viewing both fine art and photojournalism portfolios.
Paul Amador, Director
Amador Gallery, New York, New York
Mr. Amador is the director and owner of Amador Gallery on 57 Street in New York. Opened in 2005, the gallery specializes in modern and contemporary photography and represents emerging and mid career artists from Japan, Europe and the USA. The gallery has an active exhibition schedule of 6-7 individual or group shows per year as well as participates in art fairs nationally. The gallery also deals in art photography books, and is interested in artists that utilize the photo book as an expression of their ideas. The majority of the artists exhibited and represented by the gallery have published monographs of their work, and the gallery works to coordinate exhibitions with the publication of artist’s books whenever possible. Mr. Amador is an active participant in the community, participating as reviewer for the International Center of Photography, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Photo Lucida and others.
As a portfolio reviewer for the gallery, representing a wide range of clients, the gallery is most interested in non documentary, large format work based on a cohesive theme. The gallery generally does not show purely video, commercial, fashion or highly provocative or sensational work.
Roland Angst, Director and Owner
Only Photography, Berlin, Germany
After a 30 year career as a graphic designer, partner of a successful design company, working for numerous publishers and museums on book and book-cover design, he did found his own publishing house for photography books in 2007. By doing only two books per year, his main goal is to set absolute high standards in design, printing and binding of his books. All books are limited to just 500 copies and coming always with a special edition, containing one or two original prints. Roland is doing portfolio reviews in different photo-festivals and a member in juries of several photography-prices.
As a portfolio reviewer, Roland Angst will offer participants professional development, guidance, and curatorial insight, mainly in direction of concepts for their possible publications. He is most interested in viewing cohesive bodies of work centered on human images and street or documentary. Roland Angst has no real interst in traditional landscapes, floral, fashion, or stock photography, so he would prefer not to review such work.
Pavel Banka, Chief Editor, Co-Founder
FOTOGRAF Magazine, Prague, Czech Republic
Pavel Banka co-founded FOTOGRAF magazine in 2002, and has been chief editor since then. FOTOGRAF is a semi-annual comprehensive 120-page magazine that publishes the work of photographers and other artists working in photography and related arts. FOTOGRAF magazine exists in two versions, one is published fully in English. Each issue focused on one common theme and featuring both Czech and international artists in a wide range from emerging to established ones.
More than two years ago has been opened also FOTOGRAF Gallery in the center of Prague and in October 2011 FOTOGRAF Festival, annual photo festival based in Prague started. All of these activities are open for artists working in field of photography and related media. FOTOGRAF Platform is an umbrella covering all three parts of the program – magazine, gallery and festival. Pavel Banka is a founder and he became a head of FOTOGRAF Platform.
Mr. Banka is most interested in seeing work, which is personal, innovative and attempts to open the range of photography toward a new perspective of contemporary art. There are no restrictions for the subject of work; only the originality and the freshness are important! Mr. Banka looks forward to seeing the artists who will bring a new vision to the contemporary photography art scene. Interesting work is likely to be published, and there are also opportunities for exhibition in Prague, which may open up.
Sheyi Antony Bankale is the Curator and Editor of Next Level. Next Level magazine is one of Europe’s leading art photography magazines with a dynamic mix of art photography and ideas. It features a diverse range of some of the world’s most influential photo artists. It aims to bring awareness and debate to contemporary culture, showcasing and celebrating emerging and established artists, across various disciplines and alongside inspiring, provocative and critical writing.
Mr. Bankale is the Curator of Next Level Projects, an exciting platform for innovative and experimental contemporary art photography situation in the heart of Shoreditch, London. The aim is to showcase a variety of international contemporary artists from diverse cultural scenes and celebrate the diversity of contemporary art photography. Curated by Mr. Bankale for the European City of Culture 2011, the Konepaja Hall, Turku, Finland hosts an extensive exhibition of contemporary photography titled ‘Alice in Wonderland’, the production is the largest exhibition of contemporary photographic art displayed in Finland.
Mr. Bankale is only interested in contemporary art photography; he is not interested in photo journalism. He is able to assist photo artists through publishing work in Next Level magazine, monographs, and selection towards a major international photograph exhibition scheduled for 2012 or 2013.
Sam Barzilay, Creative Director
United Photo Industries, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Serving as United Photo Industries' Creative Director, Sam Barzilay was also the director - and a founding staff member - of the New York Photo Festival. In his dual capacity as independent curator and festival organizer, he has had the pleasure and privilege of curating photo exhibitions and lecturing on current trends in contemporary photography as far afield as China, Greece, USA, and Japan. Over the years, Mr. Barzilay has been an invited juror and portfolio reviewer to Prix Pictet, Les Rencontres d'Arles, the New York Photo Awards, Artists Wanted, and the FotoVisura Grant.
As a portfolio reviewer, Mr. Barzilay offers participants professional development, guidance, and curatorial insight as well as possible exhibition opportunities at his own gallery and numerous photography festivals around the world. He is most interested in viewing tightly-edited bodies of photographic work that are nearing completion.
As United Photo Industries is a gallery focusing on contemporary photography that revolves around social documentary and conceptual themes, Mr. Barzilay would prefer not to review work focusing on fashion, stock photography, traditional nudes, or floral themes.
Enrico Bossan was curator of the 2011 New York Photo Festival. He is founder and art director of www.e-photoreview.com, a blog for upcoming talents in the field of photography and multimedia, released in may 2010. Since 2005, Mr. Bossan is head of the photography department at Fabrica and the editorial director of Colors Magazine. Colors is part of the publishing activity Fabrica, Benetton’s communication research centre, an applied creativity laboratory in which young artists come from all over the world to develop innovative projects.
Mr. Bossan has been collaborating with many public institutions for healthcare promotion which led him to publish many books over the past 10 years. His work has been exhibited at the Houston FotoFest, Turin’s International Biennale of Photography and in Amsterdam, Arles, Milan, Rome, Thessalonica, Tokyo, and Venice. Since 1992, he is represented by the photo agency Contrasto. He has been curator of many photography exhibitions, among others A est di Magnum for Magnum agency, and visiting professor at universities.
Mr. Bossan is most interested in reviewing photojournalism, reportage and documentary projects. He is not interested in reviewing commercial work.
Mr. Bossan can offer advice to the photographers. In exceptional cases, he can feature an interview and publish it in www.e-photoreview.com
Jean Caslin is a founding partner of Caslin Gregory & Associates, Consultants to Arts & Culture. Along with Diane Griffin Gregory, CG&A provides coaching for visual artists, as well as marketing, editorial and development services for artists and organizations. Caslin holds a BA in English and art history from Boston University and an MA in art history from Stanford University. During 26 years in non-profit arts management, she served as administrator, curator, educator, and fundraiser while fostering the careers of emerging and mid-career artists. From 1979 to 1988, she was assistant director of Photographic Resource Center at Boston University.
Caslin served as executive director and curator of Houston Center for Photography from 1988 to 2005. She has taught courses in the history of photography at six colleges in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Texas. As an independent curator, she is interested in the relationship between the arts and healing.
Jean Caslin wants to meet and support visual artists whose work shows innovative approaches to either traditional or experimental photography.
Darren Ching, Owner
Klompching Gallery, Brooklyng, New York
Darren Ching is the owner of Klompching Gallery in New York, which specializes in the exhibition and sale of contemporary fine art photography. Founded in 2007 with Debra Klomp Ching, the gallery’s exhibits have received critical praise from publications such as The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Modern Painters, HotShoe, Art Review and the British Journal of Photography. Mr. Ching’s involvement with photography has included curatorial projects, portfolio reviews, judging of competitions, contributing to online and print publications and consulting for private collectors and photographers. He is also the Creative Director of Photo District News. In October 2010, he was the featured U.S. curator (alongside Debra Klomp Ching) with their exhibit, The Architecture of Space, for the inaugural Flash Forward Festival in Toronto.
Mr. Ching is interested in seeing resolved bodies of work, and works-in-progress, that demonstrate conceptual strength, originality of vision and excellence in craftsmanship—suitable for exhibition and sale within the fine art photography market. He can also offer general portfolio advice on presentation, critique of overall creative vision and editing. Ideally, photographers should present a portfolio of actual prints, as opposed to books or screen-based presentations. Mr. Ching is not interested in seeing commercial or fashion photography. Klompching Gallery can offer exhibition and representation opportunities to photographers with exceptional work—that fit into the gallery’s curatorial programming and aesthetic sensibilities. A number of photographers represented or exhibited by Klompching Gallery were discovered at portfolio reviews.
Brian Clamp, Director
ClampArt, New York, New York
Brian Paul Clamp is the owner and director of ClampArt, a gallery in Chelsea in New York City specializing in modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on photography. ClampArt mounts ten to fifteen exhibitions per year featuring the work of emerging and mid-career artists. Mr. Clamp opened the gallery in 2000 after completing a Master of Arts degree in Critical Studies in Modern Art at Columbia University. For eight years prior to that Mr. Clamp served as the director of a gallery on Manhattan’s Upper East Side specializing in late 19th- and early 20th-century American paintings. Aside from exhibitions at his own gallery space, Clamp has curated numerous photography shows at various venues throughout the United States, and has reviewed photographers’ portfolios on dozens of panels over the past several years. Mr. Clamp is the author of numerous publications on American art to date, and also occasionally contributes written work to various art periodicals.
Mr. Clamp is most interested in reviewing developed and innovative bodies of work suitable for exhibition. All types of imagery are welcome—from documentary to landscape, still life to conceptual. However, Mr. Clamp is not interested in reviewing commercial work intended for stock or advertising.
Aside from offering criticism and critique of the photography itself, Mr. Clamp can also provide advice and direction in terms of promoting projects. In exceptional cases, ClampArt is able to offer exhibition opportunities to artists.
Elizabeth Corden, Co-Owner
Corden | Potts Gallery, San Francisco, California
Elizabeth Corden is co-owner of Corden | Potts Gallery in San Francisco, a gallery specializing in the work of both established and emerging contemporary photographers. The gallery opened in 2009.
Elizabeth has been involved in photography since the 1970’s when she took her first photo class during her BFA program. San Francisco proved to be fertile ground for what became a life-long passion for photography and it offered many opportunities for continuing education in photography. She studied B&W fine art printing with documentary photographer, Frank Espada and was a founding member of the Bay Area Photographers Collective. Since owning Corden | Potts Gallery, Elizabeth and Jan have been reviewers for Lens Culture FotoFest Paris, Photolucida and Critical Mass.
Potts and Corden are interested in discovering new artists for solo and group exhibits. They would like to see a wide variety of photography, though the gallery does not generally show documentary work, portraits, or big Ansel Adams-style landscapes. They recommend that anyone interested in having Corden|Potts review their work and, perhaps, exhibit their work should look at images from current, past and future exhibits on the gallery's website to determine whether they are a good fit for the Corden | Potts program.
Anastasia Davydova-Sahaklos, Head of Exhibition Projects Center & Curator
Anastasia Davydova-Sahaklos is a curator of exhibitions, editor and producer. She teaches a class on “Basics of Contemporary Cultural and Information Space” at the school of higher journalistic skill in Moscow State Linguistic University. She is the author and director of over ten films on the history and development of Russian and foreign photography.
Since 2007 she has headed Exhibition Projects Center of the Russian News & Information Agency RIA Novosti. As a curator and producer she is engaged in organization of photographic exhibitions in Russia and abroad. She is the initiator of the program on preservation of the photographic heritage of the CIS and the Baltic countries, which has been implemented by RIA Novosti since 2008. Within the framework of the program she ensured that over 100,000 original negatives were transferred into the custody of the agency. An important part of the activities of the Exhibition Projects Center is consulting and estimation as well as purchase and sale of photography. She is a co-founder of FotoFond – “home for photography”. This online project was started after first International Portfolio Review for Russian Photographers that took place in August-September 2011 in Moscow and is intended for popularization of photography as cultural phenomenon in Russia and abroad.
Anastasia Davydova-Sahaklos is interested in reviewing portfolios of authors with independent vision and style who carefully and accurately approach realization of a photographic concept. She has no specific preferences concerning type and a genre of works as she is ready to review both classic black-and-white photography as well as conceptual projects based on new media. She is not interested in decorative and still-life photography. She can offer photographers her recommendations on advancement and creative development, and in certain cases she can offer participation in exhibition activities, information and educational projects and publications.
Kirill Vasilenko, Art historian, art critic, Head of Humanitarian & Special Media Projects Department
Art historian and art critic Kirill Vasilenko worked at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, where he did research work, organized exhibitions, and worked as a curator. He was engaged in editing and compilation of art albums, translating publications on art and lectured on History of Art. He specializes in German painting of XIX century. As an independent curator, he was engaged in the organization of personal and group exhibitions.
For more than 10 years he has worked in journalism. He is a member of the Union of Journalists of Russia. He is author of over 1 500 publications. He was engaged in development of the concepts of new editions, design and layout of printed media.
Since 2009 he has been a Head of Humanitarian & Special Media Projects Department in Russian News & Information Agency RIA Novosti. He is a co-founder of FotoFond – “home for photography”. This online project was started after first International Portfolio Review for Russian Photographers that took place in August-September 2011 in Moscow and is intended for popularization of photography as cultural phenomenon in Russia and abroad.
Kirill Vasilenko is interested in photographic projects related with genre photography, with a photograph as a piece of visual art. He is also interested in advertising photography, except fashion, landscape and illustrative travel photography. In addition, as an art historian, he can advise photographers on the system of selection of the photographic material for museums and galleries as well as suggestions on art conceptualization with the subsequent reflection of the reality. In certain cases he can offer photographers participation in exhibitions organized by RIA Novosti Agency in Russia and abroad as well as information and educational projects and publications.
Melissa DeWitt, Owner/Editor
Hotshoe International, London, United Kingdom
Melissa DeWitt is owner and editor of Hotshoe International, one of Europe’s leading contemporary photography magazines showcasing the best portfolios across a wide range of photographic genres and keeping international readers informed on the latest and best in the world of contemporary photography. Established over 30 years ago, Hotshoe’s aim is to showcase the best work in a variety of photographic styles and, at the same time, foster a broader understanding of the medium. Portfolios featuring emerging talent are provided a vital platform and sit alongside those of more established artists.
DeWitt has a Fine Art Honours degree from Central St Martins, London and a BA from the University of Illinois. She has over 20 years of experience including the past nine years as editor of Hotshoe and three years as managing director of Hotshoe Gallery.
DeWitt is interested in viewing portfolios of completed and/or ongoing conceptual and documentary image-based work in series for publication in Hotshoe magazine. She is not interested in fashion, travel, nudes or stock photography.
Jason Dibley, Founding Organizer
Gift of Gift (GoGo), Houston, Texas, USA
Jason Dibley is a founding organizer of Gift of Gift (GoGo). GoGo seeks to aid emerging and mid-career artists whose work is not currently included in a major museum collection. Through an annual one night exhibition and vote party, prints are collectively purchased by attendees and “gifted” to a collecting institution. Jason is also a member of Houston Center for Photography’s Auction Committee. From 2008 - 2011, he worked as the Exhibitions Coordinator at HCP.
As a reviewer, Jason is interested in helping photographers in any way possible and is crazy about looking at pictures. Developed bodies of work are ideal for review. Quirky and/or strange work is happily welcome as is journalism with a distinct and sympathetic eye. Jason can provide insight into appropriate outlets for artists’ work and guidance with artist statements and editing portfolios.
Bevin Bering Dubrowski is Executive Director of Houston Center for Photography, a nonprofit organization founded in 1981 offering year-round exhibitions, workshops, publications, outreach programs, lectures, and classes. HCP's mission is to increase society's understanding and appreciation of photography and its evolving role in contemporary culture, and produces 15 - 20 exhibitions annually on and off-site, balancing work by regional and internationally acclaimed emerging, mid-career, and established artists. Bevin is also editor of spot magazine, a bi-annual journal of photography that includes artist portfolios, interviews, exhibition and book excerpts, and highlights on HCP members' work.
Bevin works with HCP's staff, Exhibitions Committee, and visiting curators to organize exhibitions at HCP. Prior to joining HCP as Executive Director, Bevin founded the photography division of Bering & James and served as gallery director. Bevin is also a practicing photographer and received her BA in Art History and Visual Arts from Emory University.
Bevin is interested in seeing work to be considered for exhibition at Houston Center for Photography and to be published in spot magazine. She is interested in seeing complete bodies of work as well as works in progress that have a strong focus or artistic perspective. She prefers to see work that promotes dialog, is concerned with the history and future of photography as a medium, and also work that has social and/or historical relevance. She can also provide constructive critique for those interested. HCP aims to exhibit work that not been previously exhibited in Houston and the surrounding area is preferred.
In addition to FotoFest's meeting place, Bevin has reviewed portfolios for Lens Culture/ FotoFest Paris, Photo Nola, and Photo Lucida. She has also recently served as a juror for Critical Mass and the Lens Culture International Exposure Awards. She also serves on the FotoFest Art Board.
Burt Finger, Gallery Director
PDNB Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Burt Finger is the Gallery Director and co-owner of PDNB Gallery in Dallas, Texas. He and his wife, Missy, opened this gallery in 1995. Before 1995 Burt was a private dealer in photography and vintage watches. Prior to this, Mr. Finger has had many interests and careers. He was stationed a year in Dakto, Vietnam (1969) as an officer in the Corps of Engineers. During his time in Vietnam he worked with the famous photojournalist, Larry Burrows. When he returned to Dallas after his tour of duty he became a photojournalist. While a photographer in the 1970’s he studied art and exhibited in various galleries in Texas including the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston. He also taught photography at North Texas State University (currently University of North Texas). His current position as gallery director involves curatorial duties, consulting, appraisals and sales. He also creates exhibitions outside the gallery for non-profit spaces.
PDNB Gallery specializes in exhibiting modern and contemporary photobased work, including conceptual and documentary styles. It also focuses on the 1960’s/early 1970’s era of the New Social Landscape. PDNB Gallery rotates exhibitions every 6 – 8 weeks.
Mr. Finger is looking for photographs that are INNOVATIVE in all different genres of photography for possible exhibitions at his gallery.
Roy Flukinger, Senior Research Curator
Photography Department, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA
Roy Flukinger is the present Senior Research Curator of Photography and former Department Head and Senior Curator of Photography and Film of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin, where he has served as a curator since 1977. He holds degrees from Tulane University and from The University of Texas Austin, and has taught as an Adjunct Lecturer or Assistant Professor at UT and other institutions of higher learning. The subjects of the courses he has taught have ranged from the management of photography and film archives, through the history of photography, to great ideas of the twentieth century.
He has published and lectured extensively in the fields of regional, cultural and contemporary photography and the history of art and photography, and has produced or participated in nearly eighty exhibitions. His most recent publications/exhibitions have been The Gernsheim Collection and Fritz Henle: In Search of Beauty. He has also written extensively for a number of recent books by such contemporary photographers as Jay Tyrell, Judith Fox and Mike Marvins, among others. He has also contributed to the Ransom Center’s web presence with writing and editing their sites for photographer David Douglas Duncan and for the archive of the New York Journal-American newspaper.
In addition to his service on several professional boards he is engaged in numerous other projects including presentations or articles on photographic history, collection management, and contemporary and Texas photography, as well as contributing essays to many publications each year. He directly assists contemporary photographers in a variety of manners: by consulting with a variety of institutions on the administration, funding and operation of photographic organizations; serving as juror, reviewer and evaluator for contemporary photographic events, groups and support organizations; and conducting peer reviews and evaluations for a number of professional and developmental organizations and foundations. In addition to which, he also participates in matters of research, management, acquisitions and development for the Photography Department.
His interests in contemporary photography are extensive and he is interested in most areas, ranging from art to photojournalism, from regional to international, and from exhibitions through publications. He continues to provide critiques, evaluations and recommendations for the acquisitions of the Ransom Center.
Fabian Goncalves Borrega, Exhibit Coordinator
Art Museum of the Americas OAS, Washington D.C.
Fabian Goncalves Borrega has been the Exhibit Coordinator of AMA-Art Museum of the Americas, since 1998. The AMA is a museum dedicated to showcase contemporary art of the western hemisphere. Mr. Goncalves Borrega curates the AMA’s contemporary photography program.
Dedicated to the arts, the Museum preserves, studies, and exhibits works by outstanding artists and carries out other activities of an educational nature which increase understanding and appreciation of these cultures. The museum's permanent collection of 20th-century Latin American and Caribbean art is one of the most important collections of its kind in the United States. Equally important is it growing collection of contemporary photography.
Mr. Goncalves Borrega is most interested in reviewing developed and innovated bodies of work suitable for exhibitions. All types of imagery are welcome- from documentary to landscape, still life to conceptual. Aside from offering criticism and critique of the photography itself Mr. Goncalves Borrega will evaluate whether the artworks are suitable for a solo or group exhibition in the Photo-gallery.
Patrick Henry, Director
Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Patrick Henry is the Director of Open Eye, a not-for-profit space founded in 1977 and widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading photography galleries. In 2011 we re-launched in brand new purpose-built premises on the Liverpool Waterfront, where we present an international programme of cutting-edge contemporary photography exhibitions. We work with emerging photographers who are pushing the boundaries of the medium and established artists whose work has had a significant impact on the development of contemporary practice.
Patrick has been Director of Open Eye Gallery since 2004. He was formerly Curator of Exhibitions at the National Media Museum, Bradford, and was a practicing photographer from 1991 to 1997. As a curator and programmer he has worked with a wider range of photographers including Luc Delahaye, David Goldblatt, Susan Meiselas, Mitch Epstein, Hellen van Meene, Lars Tunbjork, Martin Parr, Tom Wood, Carlos Garaicoa, Nancy Davenport, Lisa Oppenheim, John Stezaker, Simon Norfolk, Donovan Wylie, Alec Soth, Yto Barrada, Idris Khan, Jacob Sobol, Anne Collier, Pieter Hugo and Sacha Weidner.
As a portfolio reviewer, I’m primarily interested in photographic and moving image work that is critically engaged, conceptually strong, distinctive and original. I’m happy to give curatorial feedback and guidance on projects that are in development, but will be able to offer most in response to cohesive bodies of work that are reasonably resolved and intended for exhibition. Open Eye Gallery does not present traditional, commercial or editorial work, so I would prefer not to review such work.
Maiza Hixson, Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, Delaware, USA
Founded in 1979, the DCCA is a non-collecting contemporary art museum and currently presents nearly 30 exhibitions annually of regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized artists. This location offers a 35,000-square-foot building with seven galleries and 26 on-site artist studios.
Maiza Hixson (Philadelphia, PA) is the DCCA Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art. Chief Curator of the DCCA, Hixson also has extensive museum and curatorial experience, having been affiliated with the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia and served as Associate Curator of the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati. Prior to this, she held a curatorial fellowship at the J.B. Speed Art Museum in Louisville, KY. She holds an MA in Critical and Curatorial Studies from the University of Louisville and completed Post Baccalaureate Study in Art Theory, Criticism, History, and Painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has curated numerous solo and group exhibitions, including Young Country: Images of the Rural in Contemporary Art (2011); American Idyll: Contemporary Art and Karaoke (2008), Oh Boy: Men and Masculinity (2007), and is currently working on several solo and thematic group exhibitions at the DCCA. Her curatorial work is featured in the traveling Independent Curators’ International exhibition The People’s Biennial, curated by Jens Hoffman and Harrell Fletcher.
In addition to her work at the DCCA, Hixson has lectured widely on contemporary art and recently participated in a symposium on artists’ books in which she interviewed the founder and director of Thrill Jockey records, Bettina Richards on the music industry’s foray into art publishing. She currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Art at Towson University in Baltimore, MD.
As a portfolio reviewer, Hixson offers participants with critical feedback on applying for exhibitions and how to write about and contextualize artwork in the field of contemporary art. She is most interested in viewing conceptual bodies of photographic work that may also extend to new media and the moving image. As the DCCA does not represent traditional nudes, landscapes, floral, fashion, or stock photography, Ms. Hixson would prefer not to review such work.
Karol Hordziej has been the artistic director of Photomonth in Krakow since 2005. Krakow Photomonth is a Polish annual photo festival that has been in existence since 2002, and it’s one of two biggest polish festivals and one of the most established photo-festivals worldwide. Photomonth 2011 was guest curated by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin. 2012 edition is mentor-curated by Charlotte Cotton.
Krakow Photomonth Festival is organized by Foundation For Visual Arts, a non-profit organization devoted primarily to promotion of visual arts in Poland. Main field of the foundation is photography. Since the beginning of 2012 Mr. Hordziej is a president of the foundation.
From 2007 to 2011 Mr. Hordziej was a director and curator of ZPAF S-ka Gallery - a contemporary photography gallery based in Krakow. He is also teaching photography in Krakow and Warsaw.
Mr. Hordziej is interested primarily in discussing ongoing projects of all kinds. He is not interested in seeing commercial photography.
Ann M. Jastrab, Gallery Director
RayKo Photo Center and Gallery, San Francisco, California
Ann M. Jastrab is the gallery director at RayKo Photo Center located in the SOMA arts district in San Francisco near SFMOMA and the Yerba Buena Arts Center. Rayko is a comprehensive photographic facility with rental darkrooms, digital labs, studio and galleries that has been serving the San Francisco Bay Area for over 20 years. RayKo Gallery serves to advance public appreciation of photography and create opportunities for regional, national and international artists to create and present their work. RayKo Gallery offers over 1600 square feet of exhibition space and presents eight to ten exhibitions yearly with many nationally recognized artists; there is also a section of the gallery called The Marketplace that is reserved for Bay Area artists and displays a wide variety of photographic work.
Ann is always looking for new artists for the gallery, both for solo shows and group shows. She is most interested in seeing documentary projects, fine art photography, alternative processes/historical process work, and also work made with traditional film cameras as well as plastic and pinhole cameras. Ann is not interested in seeing work that is obviously digitally manipulated.
Laura Valenti Jelen, Program Director
Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, Oregon, USA
Laura Valenti Jelen is the Program Director of Newspace Center for Photography, a nonprofit photography center in Portland, Oregon. Founded in 2002, Newspace is an educational and cultural nonprofit dedicated to promoting photographic education and appreciation to the public as well as providing a space and building a community where photo enthusiasts can learn, create, discuss and show their work. Newspace is a community hub for students, working artists, professional photographers, educators, and photo-enthusiasts of all types. Through a full roster of course offerings, gallery exhibits, digital lab, darkroom and lighting studio access, artists’ lectures, portfolio reviews, and more, Newspace makes a wide spectrum of enriching photographic opportunities available to the regional community.
Laura curates the gallery for Newspace, and juries widely for photography competitions and exhibitions including Critical Mass, Center’s Annual Choice Awards (Santa Fe), PDN’s Photo Annual, and the National Photography Fellowship Competition for the Midwest Center for Photography. She has also served regularly as a portfolio reviewer at review events such as Photolucida and Review Santa Fe. Laura also teaches traditional black and white darkroom classes at Newspace.
Curatorial emphasis at Newspace is placed on modern, fine-art photography and includes the work of emerging as well as established artists. Laura is most interested in reviewing fine-art portraiture and landscape work that is emotionally engaging and transcends a purely technical approach to the medium. Alternative processes work is welcomed. Laura is less interested in traditional/classical landscape photography, florals, and nudes, and is not interested in commercial work. Laura is looking for work to exhibit in the Newspace gallery in 2013. She can provide conceptual and professional guidance to photographers looking to exhibit their work in a gallery setting.
Eric J. Keller, Director
Soulcatcher Studio, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Soulcatcher Studio Gallery Director Eric J. Keller has been involved in nearly every aspect of the art and business of photography for the past three decades. Since 2002 he has owned and operated Soulcatcher Studio, a gallery of photographic masterworks based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Soulcatcher Studio specializes in 20th century photo-documentary studies and the classic American landscape. Mr. Keller’s background includes research consultant work for a number of fine art photography publications, including the acclaimed monograph, Edward Curtis: The Master Prints by Clark Worswick. Most recently he served as a contributing writer for the upcoming revised edition of the essential reference volume, The Photograph Collector's Guide.
Keller formerly served as a two-term Vice President on the Board of Directors for Blue Earth Alliance, a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to supporting photographic projects that educate the public about threatened cultures, endangered environments, and other social concerns. He continues to mentor several photographers that he worked with at Blue Earth Alliance.
Soulcatcher Studio serves to advance public understanding of and appreciation for photography and create opportunities for regional and national artists to present their work. Previous portfolio review participants Camille Seaman (SF Review 2007), Michael Donnor (2009 Photo Alliance Our World Portfolio Review) and Jennifer Shaw (PhotoNOLA Review 2010) are now part of the Soulcatcher Studio stable of artists. We are proud to have given Michael Donnor his first-ever solo gallery exhibition and have provided exhibition opportunities for several other portfolio review participants as well. Eric J. Keller also took Sarah Wilson (SF Review 2009) to the Lishui Photo Festival in China in November 2009 to showcase her award-winning exhibition, Blind Prom.
Keller has served as a Portfolio Reviewer at the following events: Review Santa Fe 2006, '07, '08 and '09; Photolucida's Critical Mass 2007, '08, '09 and '10' Review Los Angeles 2008, '09 and '10; Photolucida Review 2009 (Portland, OR); the Lishui Photo Festival (Lishui, China) 2009 (as an honored curator); the 2010 PhotoNOLA Review (New Orleans, LA) and the 2009, '10 and '11 Photo Alliance Our World Portfolio Review (San Francisco, CA).
Mr. Keller is most interested in reviewing projects that explore a theme and that are visually both challenging and cohesive, with the intention of expanding his stable of contemporary artists in the coming year. He is not interested in viewing abstract work.
Julie Kinzelman, President
Kinzelman Art Consulting, Houston, Texas, USA
Since 2001, Kinzelman Art Consulting has been providing arts-management services for corporate and private collectors. For over 16 years, Julie Kinzelman has provided art-advisory expertise to clients in the areas of acquisitions, collections management, curating exhibitions, and educational art programming. From 1992-1995 Ms. Kinzelman worked at the George Eastman House, Museum of Film and Photography, Rochester, NY. In 1994 Ms. Kinzelman received her Master of Imaging Arts and Sciences, Fine Art Photography from The Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY and in 1991 her Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. She is a past Vice President of the Board of the Houston Center for Photography.
Ms. Kinzelman is interested in reviewing innovative or interdisciplinary approaches to photography. She can advise and assist photographers with appropriate ways of presenting their portfolios and work for consideration by collectors. She can also advise on aesthetic considerations that may assist photographers with content, composition, concept, printing and presentation. She is not interested in viewing commercial, socio-political, boudoir/glamour, or flower photography.
Dewi Lewis, Director
Dewi Lewis Publishing, Stockport, United Kingdom
Prior to establishing his own publishing company in 1994, Dewi Lewis worked for 20 years within a broad range of the visual and performance arts.
In 1983 he was founding Director of Cornerhouse, a major UK Centre for Film and Visual Arts based in Manchester. Dewi Lewis also established Cornerhouse Books - a publishing and book distribution company – in 1987.
In 1994 he established his own publishing company and has since published many leading international photographers including William Klein, Martin Parr, Simon Norfolk, Paolo Pellegrin, Anders Petersen, Bruce Gilden, Frank Horvat etc. He is also author of 'Publishing Photography' which won PhotoEye's Resource Book of the Year award.
Dewi Lewis is a founding member of the European Publishers Award for Photography which is now in its 18th year and is a major collaboration between 6 publishers from 6 different European countries. He was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 2004 and, in November 2009, he was awarded the inaugural Royal Photographic Society Award for Outstanding Services to Photography.
Dewi Lewis is interested in seeing any work suitable for publication in book form which has the potential to generate reasonable interest from a book buying audience. The company does not publish nude photography. Dewi Lewis can offer photographers a realistic understanding of the world market for photography books. The company's titles are sold worldwide and he is in regular contact with distributors, booksellers and media organizations throughout the world.
Jim Maloney is a trial lawyer and a private collector of photography. He collects vintage and contemporary photography from the 20th and now 21st centuries from American, South American, European, and Eastern European photographers.
He is a Trustee at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and a member of its Photography Accessions Committee.
Mr. Maloney is more interested in photographs portraying people, and he is not much interested in landscape photography.
Wally Mason, Director
Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Wally Mason is the Director of the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Haggerty is an academic art museum that hosts 9-12 exhibitions annually. Recent and upcoming photography exhibitions include Stephen Shore: The Biographical Landscape; Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran; Lucinda Devlin: The Omega Suites; Barbara Morgan: The Montages; Stella Johnson: Al Sol and. He has curated over 90 exhibitions, most recently: The Truth is Not in the Mirror: Photography and a Constructed Identity; Berenice Abbott: Cities Portraits; Prospect of Light: Plastic and Pinhole Images; Jocelyn Lee: Youth; Millions Taken Daily: Photographs from Everyone and Everywhere; Drawing as Thinking; John Marin’s Maine; Whatever is There is a Truth: Robert Rauschenberg’s Prints; Richard Estes: Recent Prints; Witty, Sexy, Gimmicky: British Pop Art; Being Where: Looking Into Landscape and The Potential Self: Portrait as Signifier. Mason holds a BA from Beloit College and an MFA from Indiana University.
Mr. Mason is most interested in reviewing bodies of resolved work suitable for exhibition with no restrictions regarding style or content. Mr. Mason is not interested in reviewing work directed towards advertising or stock applications. He can offer photographers exhibition opportunities including solo and group exhibitions. The museum does acquire photography for it’s permanent collection.
Michael Mazzeo, Director
Michael Mazzeo Gallery, New York, New York
Michael Paris Mazzeo is a gallerist, educator and photographer based in New York City. Since opening in 2005, the Michael Mazzeo Gallery, originally named Peer, has become one of the premier showcases of rising young talent in the field of photography, having awarded nine artists their first solo exhibitions in New York and including more than 100 others in group shows. Works by gallery artists have been acquired by major institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Princeton Museum and Fidelity Investments, as well as by many private collectors.
In seeking to promote the work of more artists, Michael recently initiated the RSVP project, an innovative series of curated online exhibitions, complete with on-demand published catalogs and e-commerce pages for photography collectors.
Outside the gallery, Michael has curated exhibitions, participated in panel discussions and has juried many photography competitions. He serves on the faculties of the School of Visual Arts, the International Center of Photography, the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design and has been a guest lecturer at other prestigious institutions. Michael has been a featured portfolio reviewer at dozens of events including FotoFest, Review Santa Fe, Photolucida, Critical Mass, FotoWeek DC, The Center of Photography at Woodstock, ICP, ASMP, SPE and powerHouse.
Michael believes that art should educate and inspire, question tradition, challenge assumptions and confound expectations. He is interested in reviewing intelligent and insightful bodies of work that contribute to our understanding and appreciation of art and life. He will be pleased to look at all types of photography, including unique, handmade artist books. He is not particularly interested in traditional landscape, travel or commercial photography.
Michael can provide artists with honest criticism, protfolio editing, project direction and exhibition opportunities. Most of the work that has been shown at MMG has been a direct result of meetings with artists at portfolio reviews. Michael requests artists to bring a CD containing jpegs, artist statement, and bio.
Jessica May, Associate Curator of Photographs
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Jessica May is the associate curator of photographs at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, where she has worked since 2006 (www.cartermuseum.org). Her recent curatorial projects include Subhankar Banerjee: Where I Live I Hope to Know (2011) and American Modern: Abbott, Evans, Bourke-White (2010-11). She is currently working on a historical exhibition tracing the long and vexed relationship between the medium of photography and Native American communities in the 19th and 20th centuries. May holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and an undergraduate degree from Barnard College, Columbia University. Prior to coming to the Amon Carter, she was the Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellow in Art History in the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Although May's specialty is in the long tradition of documentary practice in America, her interests in contemporary photographic practice are wide-ranging. Photographers working on documentary, landscape, and conceptual projects will find welcome reception, although her primary interest will be in critical evaluation and conversation, and possibly networking, rather than identifying work for acquisition and/or exhibition. These outcomes are extremely rare. Photographers working on the tradition of the artful nude may wish to seek another reviewer, as this material is neither her field nor within her areas of interest.
Evan Mirapaul, Collector, Consultant, Writer
New York, New York
Evan Mirapaul lives a life immersed in the arts. Photography has become his passion. He serves on a number of museum committees, most notably as the co-chair of the library committee at the International Center for Photography, in New York City. His method is inquiry—to research as much about a photographer and genre as possible. Mirapaul employs the words intelligence and connoisseurship when speaking about defining a collection, and shares his enthusiasm for photography on his blog, Fugitive Vision. Travel has been a catalyst for this collector. Increasingly it has become Mirapaul’s goal to seek out photographers and galleries wherever he goes. Poland's thriving art scene has been a recent focus.
Mirapaul is a frequent visitor to Paris and Berlin, and is usually to be seen at the major Art and Photo fairs around the world. He has been a reviewer at The Mois de la Photo in Montreal, Photo Lucida in Portland, and at the Month of Photography in Lodz, Poland. He participated as a nominating curator at the inaugural Lishui International Photo Festival in Lishui, China in November 2009. Mr. Mirapaul has also been sought out for advice and recommendations by galleries worldwide seeking information about artists to use in shows or to be added to their roster.
This reviewer invites artists to show any work save commercial or stock work. He is happy to see completed projects and is also pleased to try to help gain perspective on work in progress. Mr. Mirapaul sees his role as reviewer as being one to help the artist in whatever way the artist feels would be most beneficial in the short time together. This can range from critique and inquiry to professional advice and suggestions for placement.“
Charles Dee Mitchell is a freelance art writer based in Dallas, Texas. He is a regular contributor to The Dallas Morning News and Art in America. Previously he has written for Artforum, The New Art Examiner, and ArtSpace. His essays have accompanied exhibitions at the Dallas Museum of Art, The Columbus (Ohio) Art Museum, the Armand Hammer Museum, and many university and commercial galleries. As a curator, Mr. Mitchell has worked with both non-profit and commercial galleries. He is retired from a 32 year career in the book trade during which he worked extensively with university and trade publishers of art and photography books.
Mr. Mitchell is also a photography collector with a particular interest in documentary work and photojournalism, but he is most interested in photography that takes a creative approach to nearly any subject matter. He is not interested in fashion photography or traditional nudes. He can help direct photographers to appropriate publishers and suggest how they might shape their material to make it more attractive to publishers. As both a collector and a writer he has worked with galleries in the United States and abroad, and would be able to direct photographers to venues that might be suitable for their projects.
Joan Morgenstern is a long time Houston collector of photography and has been involved in the fine arts community for many years. She is a past President of Houston Center for Photography. She is currently Co-Chair of the Art Committee for the Robert I. Kahn Gallery at Congregation Emanu El, and she is a member of the Photography Accessions Committee at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
She is interested in many different types of photography and processes. She is also interested in work with Jewish subject matter. She loves animals, particularly dogs, so please no mistreated or dead animals.
Andreas Müller-Pohle is a Berlin-based media artist and the publisher and editor of European Photography, an international art magazine for contemporary photography and new media. He also publishes photographic monographs and the European Photography Guide. In 2005, he founded Eye-Mind, an individual reviewing/consulting initiative for photographers.
Mr. Müller-Pohle has worked with photography and media projects since 1978, the most recent being "The Danube River Project" and "Hong Kong Waters." He has had numerous exhibitions in Europe, North and South America, and Asia. In 2001 he was awarded the Reind M. De Vries Foundation European Photography Prize. From 1997 to 2004 he was visiting professor at the Higher Institute of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium.
Mr. Müller-Pohle is mainly interested in seeing works that deal with our contemporary condition, no matter what subject or style, and conceptual art projects. As a publisher and media partner of the International Photobook Festival in Kassel he is also interested in reviewing book dummies. He does not wish to review commercial or decorative work. He can offer photographers the possibility of publishing their work in his magazine, print and online, and also suggest venues with publication opportunities in Europe.
Johanna Neurath, Design Director
Thames & Hudson Publishers, London, United Kingdom
Johanna Neurath is the Design Director and a Commissioning Editor at Thames & Hudson. With the creative bookmaking and publishing operating out of London, Thames & Hudson is one of the world’s most respected art, design and photography book publishers and has a truly international outlook, publishing for book lovers in all five continents.
She has worked in illustrated book publishing for 25 years as a picture editor, book and jacket designer, art director and commissioning editor. Collaborating with many authors, photographers, artists and curators, Johanna guides them through the visual and practical aspects of the publishing process, making sure their ideas are successfully realized in a well-designed finished book that resonates with the subject matter and its potential audience.
When not making books, or helping others to do the same, she is an active member of the London street photography community. A regular portfolio reviewer at Les Rencontres d’Arles, she has also reviewed at the Format Photo festival and the British Journal of Photography's "Vision" event, and in London has led practical workshops on bookmaking for photographers.
She is interested in all genres of photography, but does not wish to see nude or stock photography. In very exceptional circumstances she may help a photographer or author propose a book project to Thames & Hudson or one of its co-publishing partners.
Johanna can be most constructive in offering advice on editing and sequencing work, giving design tips for photographers, guidance on how and *when* to put a book proposal together for a publisher - or advising on things to watch out for when self publishing.
Red Filter Gallery is a new photography exhibit space, initiated in March, 2011. The gallery is located in an historic district of an arts community in Lambertville, NJ across the river from another arts community in New Hope, Pa. With access to New York and Philadelphia collectors/ art enthusiasts just 90 minutes away, the gallery has had a fast start raising the profile of fine art photography in the area. With 2500 ft. of exhibit space on 3 floors in an 1840 building, the Gallery is able to support 2 solo shows simultaneously.
The Gallery mission is to identify contemporary fine art photographers worthy of exhibit, both early and mature in their careers. As the name implies, the focus is on monochrome works of all types and process. We are currently programming 2012 shows and are looking for new artists. Forrest Old, Owner and Alisandra Weiderich, Director of the Straube Center Art Gallery, work in tandem to provide support for the artists on exhibit. Mr. Old has been attending gallery shows, portfolio reviews and art fairs for the past several years developing a network of community contacts, nationally and internationally. In addition, the cooperative efforts of several journalist photographers are recorded at BWGallerist, a website Mr Old hosts containing over 200 articles on all things “Black and White”.
Mr. Old is able to provide suggestions to participants with regard to both the art and business aspects of exhibiting photography based on years of participation in the community as a participant, sponsor and advisor. All traditions of fine art photography can be reviewed and or discussed.
Jan Potts, Co-owner
Corden|Potts Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
Jan Potts is co-owner of Corden|Potts Gallery in San Francisco, a gallery specializing in the work of outstanding contemporary photographers. The gallery opened in early 2009.
Potts has been curating photographic exhibits since 2000, including the traveling exhibit, The Invisible Age: Photographic Self-Portraits of Women Aged 50-65, and numerous group exhibits for the Bay Area Photographers Collective, which she helped found. Potts and her business partner, Elizabeth Corden, have previously been reviewers at Lens Culture FotoFest Paris, Photolucida and for Critical Mass.
Potts and Corden are interested in discovering new artists for solo and group exhibits. They would like to see a wide variety of photography, though the gallery does not generally show documentary work, portraits, or big Ansel Adams-style landscapes. They recommend that anyone interested in having Corden|Potts review their work and, perhaps, exhibit their work should study images from current, past and future exhibits on the gallery's website to get a feel for the kind of work they are interested in.
Karen Probasco, Editorial Managerr
Magnum Photos, New York, New York, USA
Karen Probasco is the editorial manager for the North and South Americas at Magnum Photos. Founded in 1947 by Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David "Chim" Seymour, Magnum has established itself as the world’s most prestigious photographic agency. Throughout the years, Magnum photographers have recorded many of modern history’s defining moments, having been present at events as diverse as the arrival of troops on the beach at Normandy to Martin Luther King’s march from Selma to Montgomery. Today, Magnum continues to reiterate its relevance with award winning work from events such as the Egyptian revolution and the aftermath of the tsunami that ravaged Japan.
As the manager of one of the editorial department serving North and South America, Karen regularly works on assignments with clients such as National Geographic, Time, The New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair. She has extensive experience developing portfolios specifically targeting the editorial market and a solid understanding of the challenges facing photographers working within this realm.
As a reviewer, Karen is interested in reviewing project-oriented work. The project does not have to be complete, but it should have a well developed sense of direction both in content and vision. Karen is happy to look at documentary and fine art, but is less interested in fashion or commercial work. She is best at evaluating photography from an editorial point of view and can offer advice with respect to which magazines a photographer might consider approaching. She can also offer technical advice, evaluate the cohesion of a project, and help people identify their photographic strengths.
Christopher Rauschenberg, Co-Curator and Board Chair
Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Christopher Rauschenberg is co-curator and board chairman of Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Blue Sky was established in 1975 by Mr. Rauschenberg and 4 other photographers. Since then, Mr. Rauschenberg has co-curated 684 solo exhibitions by 580 different artists. He has edited and produced over 60 publications. Mr. Rauschenberg has been a photographer since 1973 and has had 99 solo shows of his own work in eight countries.
Blue Sky Gallery is a non-profit artists' space which produces 25 to 30 solo exhibitions per year and an occasional group show every couple of years or so. They produce catalogs that reproduce 6 images from each show. Their focus and passion is on promoting emerging artists. Over the last 7 years, they have done solo shows by 56 photographers from FotoFest, plus 35 more from Photolucida, Arles, Rhubarb Rhubarb, Bratislava, Santa Fe, Mannheim, Montreal, Photo Alliance and Photo Nola.
While Mr. Rauschenberg likes to look at everything, Blue Sky does not tend to exhibit classic nudes, traditional portraits or scenic photography. The landscapes and portraits the gallery exhibitions tend to have documentary and sociological content. As with all FotoFest reviewers, you should look at our website to see if you and the gallery are a good match. Bear in mind that we are looking for coherent bodies of work, rather than isolated great pictures.
Blue Sky is also looking for artists from Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Washington and Oregon for our Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers. The Drawers exhibit up to 800 prints by 80 regional photographers, and are re-curated annually.
Rixon Reed, Founder and Director
photo-eye, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Rixon Reed is the founder and director of photo-eye, a contemporary gallery, photo bookstore and resource for art photography located in Santa Fe, New Mexico and online at photoeye.com.
Mr. Reed will be looking for work for possible inclusion in one of four venues: photo-eye Gallery, a contemporary gallery in Santa Fe showing work by renowned, mid-career artists; Photographer's Showcase (photoeye.com/ps), an online extension of photo-eye Gallery, exhibiting projects/portfolios by emerging and mid-career artists, with online representation by photo-eye Gallery; PhotoBistro (photobistro.com), an online gallery devoted to showing work from a diverse group of artists, connecting interested parties directly with the artist or their agent; and API - Art Photo Index (artphotoindex.com), an innovative global, visual database of art photographers and their work.
Reed is seeking cohesive bodies of work with fresh ideas and viewpoints, along with work that is produced in unusual, aesthetically interesting ways. As photo-eye is among the world’s leading sources for photo books, he is also interested in book projects. He is less interested in fashion, classical nude and traditional landscape photography.
Maarten Schilt, Founder and Director
Schilt Publishing, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Maarten Schilt is a publisher of high profile mainly journalistic, documentary and reportage photo books, though his list contains also art photography books. Since 2008, Schilt is the leading publisher of the World Press Photo Yearbook and from 2011 on also of the yearly publication World Press Photo Masterclass.
Schilt is a portfolio reviewer at esteemed photo festivals all over the world. Starting in 2010, Schilt co-publishes the catalogues of Fotofest, Houston. He is also a member of the International Advisory Council to the Executive Director of Center, Santa Fe.
Photographers published or being published by Schilt Publishing are, amongst others: Dave Anderson, Jonas Bendiksen, Damion Berger, Jodi Bieber, Marcus Bleasdale, Heidi Bradner, Kate Brooks, Sergey Chilikov, Carl De Keyzer, Thomas Dworzak, Rena Effendi, Jason Eshkenazi, Lucia Ganieva, George Georgiou, Arlene Gottfried, Stanley Greene, Harry Gruyaert, Lorena Guillen Vaschetti, Jane Hilton, Yaakov Israel, Ata Kandó, Oleg Klimov, Robert Knoth, Yuri Kozyrev, Josef Koudelka, Ferit Kuyas, Kadir van Lohuizen, Heather McClintock, Jenny Matthews, Valeri Nistratov, Martin Parr, Paolo Pellegrin, Irina Popova, Suzan van de Roemer, Elliot Ross, Michelle Sank, Lana Šlezic, Monique Stauder, Carin Verbruggen, Alex Webb, Donald Weber, Sophie Zenon.
Ingram Publisher Services distributes Schilt Publishing in North America. Thames & Hudson distributes the books in all other countries of the world.
Aside from being able to help — especially the younger photographers, working in the field he publishes — finding the right path or connecting to the right people, Schilt has published and will publish quite some books that grew out of portfolio reviews
Aaron Schuman, Director, Curator, Editor
SeeSaw Magazine, United Kingdom
"AARON SCHUMAN is an American photographer, editor, writer and curator based in the United Kingdom. He received a B.F.A. in Photography and History of Art from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1999, and an M.A. in Humanities and Cultural Studies from the London Consortium in 2003. His photographic work is exhibited internationally, and he is a regular contributor of photography, articles, essays and interviews to publications such as Aperture, Foam, ArtReview, Modern Painters, Photoworks, HotShoe International, The British Journal of Photography, 1000Words, OjodePez, The Guardian, The Observer and The Sunday Times.
In 2004, Schuman founded the online photography journal, SeeSaw Magazine, which is dedicated to presenting the finest in contemporary photography, having taking inspiration from Walker Evans’s statement, ‘[Photography] is the capture an projection of the delights of seeing; it is the defining of observation full and felt.’ Schuman is also a Senior Lecturer in Photography at the Arts University College Bournemouth and the University of Brighton, and was curator of ‘Whatever Was Splendid: New American Photographs', one of the principal exhibitions at the FotoFest Biennial 2010.
Mr. Schuman is interested in reviewing all types of photographic work, and can offer critical feedback, advice and both creative and promotional direction."
Ariel Shanberg, Executive Director
Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, New York
Ariel Shanberg is the Executive Director of the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Founded in 1977, CPW brings forth its mission to provide opportunities in creation, discovery, and education, for emerging, underserved, and under-recognized voices in the photographic arts to an international audience. With year-round program offerings that include solo and curated group exhibitions, workshops, lectures, the quarterly publication PQ, residencies, workspace access, regional fellowship awards, and internships, CPW helps advance the development and careers of artists working in photography and related media. In its over 30 year history CPW has played a decisive role in the careers of some of today’s most respected image-makers. In 2010, CPW received the Spotlight award for having significantly altered the landscape of photography from the Lucie Foundation.
In addition to his work at CPW, Mr. Shanberg has written for such publications as Contact Sheet, Nueva Luz, and European Photography. He has served on various panels and nominating committees and has been an invited juror and portfolio reviewer to FotoFest, SPE Conferences, Rhubarb Rhubarb, and Critical Mass.
As a portfolio reviewer, Mr. Shanberg offers participants professional development, guidance, and curatorial insight, as well as the rich and diverse opportunities available to artists at CPW. He is most interested in viewing cohesive bodies of work centered around conceptually driven theme(s) that have been or are near completion. He welcomes reviewing image-based work produced in a wide range of processes including video and new media. As CPW does not present traditional nudes, landscapes, floral, fashion, or stock photography, Mr. Shanberg would prefer not to review such work.
Lisa Sutcliffe, Assistant Curator of Photography
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California, USA
Lisa Sutcliffe is an assistant curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. A dynamic center for modern and contemporary art, SFMOMA began exhibiting and collecting photographs in 1935, the same year it opened. Today its collection spans the entire history of the medium, with strength in modernist and contemporary genres while also representing historic and vernacular forms of photographic practice.
At SFMOMA Ms. Sutcliffe researches new acquisitions and assists on the presentation of exhibitions including most recently Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective and Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 1870. She is currently preparing Naoya Hatakeyama: Natural Stories for July 2012.
Ms. Sutcliffe recommends that artists research the collection and exhibition history at SFMOMA before their review. She would prefer to see well-edited and innovative bodies of work that are conceptually cohesive. She can offer criticism and curatorial feedback, as well as guidance for work in progress.
tMary Virginia Swanson makes it her goal to help photographers find the strengths in their work and identify appreciative audiences for their prints, exhibitions, editorial and licensing placement. Ms. Swanson has a diverse professional background, having coordinated educational, publication and exhibition programs for a wide range of institutions and businesses in the field of photography and is considered an expert in the area of marketing and licensing fine art. Her workshops and lectures on the subjects of marketing opportunities and awareness have proven to aid photographers in moving their careers to the next level. Ms. Swanson currently works individually with photographers as a marketing consultant to guide artists in their careers. She maintains a popular blog about opportunities for photographers called Marketing Photos and her self-published “Finding Your Audience: An Introduction to Marketing Your Photographs” was recently released. In 2011 Swanson published a book with co-author Darius Himes entitled Publish Your Photography Book (Princeton Architectural Press) that updated and expanded upon their column of the same name that ran in the photo-eye booklist (2004-2007).
Ms. Swanson is happy to review portfolios of all kinds, be they comprised of work in progress, completed projects or planned publications, and will offer artists advice on reaching their target audience.
Anne Wilkes Tucker, Curator of Photography
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Anne Wilkes Tucker received undergraduate degrees from Randolph Macon Woman's College and Rochester Institute of Technology and a graduate degree from the Visual Studies Workshop, a division of the State University of New York. After working in various museums and universities, she joined The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 1976 and is currently the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator. She founded the museum's Photography Department that now has a collection of over 26,000 photographs. She has curated over forty exhibitions, most of which were accompanied by a publication. She has contributed essays to monographs and catalogues and published many articles. She has lectured throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America and been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and The Getty Center.
In 2001, in an issue devoted to "America's Best", TIME magazine honored her as "America's Best Curator". She was the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Focus Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography in 2006 and received an Alumnae Achievement Award from Randolph Macon Woman's College.In 2011 she received an honorary doctorate from the College at Brockport State University of New York. She is currently preparing the exhibition WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Photographs of Armed Conflict and its Aftermath.
Dragana Vujanovic, Curator
Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg, Sweden
Dragana Vujanovic is photography curator at the The Hasselblad Foundation in Gothenburg, Sweden. The Foundation was established in 1979 in accordance with the testament of Erna and Victor Hasselblad. The main aim of the Foundation is to promote research and academic teaching in photography and the natural sciences. This is achieved through the awarding of one of the most renowned international awards in photography, The Hasselblad Award, as well as scholarships in photography and donations and grants for scientific research. The Hasselblad Foundation presents five exhibitions per year at the Hasselblad Center in Gothenburg. The exhibition program spans from established to emerging photographers. At the core of the Hasselblad Foundation is a large collection of photographs mainly containing works by Hasselblad Award Winners and Nordic photographers.
Dragana Vujanovic is the newly appointed photography curator of the Foundation. Ms. Vujanovic holds a Bachelor of Art in History of Art from Södertörn University in Sweden, where she majored in contemporary photography and art. Her graduation thesis, “A woman’s pictures of men” was on the subject of the reception of the work of Swedish photography artist Maria Friberg. In addition to her work at the Foundation Ms. Vujanovic is a freelance writer and art critic and has been an invited portfolio reviewer at The School of Photography at The University of Gothenburg and at the Swedish Photographer’s Association.
As a portfolio reviewer Ms. Vujanovic offers professional guidance and development within the broad field of art and documentary photography. She is interested in viewing works from younger as well as established photographers. The bodies of work she welcomes reviewing can be both completed and still in progress. Areas that Ms. Vujanovic would prefer not to review are nature photography and fashion photography.
Katrin Weber, Associate Director
Galerie f56, Munich, Germany
Katrin Weber (b. 1980) is the associate director of Galerie f5,6 in Munich, Germany. She studied Art History in Munich, Germany and Paris, France. Galerie f5,6 was founded in 2003 by Nicole Stanner (formerly Hamiltons Gallery, London) and among the first galleries in Germany to specialize in photography. The gallery is mainly concentrated on emerging contemporary artists but without neglecting underserved photographers and masters of the 20th century. Galerie f5,6 is a commercial gallery with awareness of its cultural assignment. Since 2010 Galerie f5,6 is member of AIPAD.
Next to her position as associate director at f5,6 Weber participated as portfolio reviewer for „Platform 3 / Gute Aussichten – junge deutsche Fotografie“ (a platform for emerging artists in Germany) was invited to lecture at Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich and has an educational background as photo lab technician.
As portfolio reviewer Katrin Weber is most interested in looking at contemporary artists whether working in black and white, color, digital or analogue. Cohesive bodies of work that take a fresh and unique approach to contemporary art practice are preferred. Galerie f5,6 has no interest in stock photography and therefore Weber would like not to review such work.
Clint Willour, Curator
Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, Texas, USA
Clint Willour has been the curator of the Galveston Arts Center for the past twenty-two years, and an art professional for nearly forty years. He is active on boards of numerous arts organizations in Texas,has served as a juror for over seventy competitions and has curated over 200 photography exhibitions in his career. He serves regularly as a guest curator for institutions throughout the state of Texas and beyond – most recently for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and DiverseWorks Artspace, Houston. He is known for the multi-disciplinary focus of his taste.
He lectures and writes regularly on contemporary photography – most recently in books on Keith Carter, Sean Perry, Dornith Doherty, Dianne Kornberg and Nealy Blau.
Clint is currently a member of the Exhibition Committee of the Houston Center for Photography, a member of the Photography Accessions Sub-committee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, a member of the Art Committee of FotoFest, Houston, and a board member of Photo Forum at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He has been a meeting place reviewer at every FotoFest, Houston, every Photolucida (Portland) every Critical Mass (Portland), as well as reviewing portfolios for organizations in Texas, Oklahoma, Santa Fe, New Orleans, Arles, Montreal, Barcelona, Beijing and Buenos Aires.
In reviewing portfolios, Clint advises on professional development, portfolio enhancement and curatorial guidance. He does not wish to view commercial photography (except photojournalism) or work he has previously reviewed.
Natalie Zelt, Curatorial Assistant for Photography
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA
Natalie Zelt is the curatorial assistant for photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, a position she has held since 2009. In this role, Zelt has helped organize all photography exhibitions at the museum since her arrival. She is currently working on the upcoming exhibition WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath as well as its accompanying catalogue. Prior to coming to Houston, Zelt was gallery assistant at Hemphill Fine Arts in Washington, DC and curated the Publishers Exhibition for FotoWeek DC’s Inaugural year.
She is a founding organizer of Gift of Gift of (or GoGo) which hosts an annual exhibition and party that benefits emerging photographers by collectively purchasing their work and offering it as a gift of Gift of Gift of to a major museum. For more information about GoGo and its annual call for entries visit www.giftofgiftof.com.
Zelt can offer insight into the museum exhibition and acquisition process as well as critical feedback and advice on creative and professional direction. She is open to review all types of photography but is most helpful to those who use photography to question and explore contemporary culture. Zelt is most interested in reviewing bodies of work by photographers who consider themselves emerging; works in progress or completed projects; traditional and non-traditional photographic media. She is not interested in reviewing stock photography or commercial work.
Del Zogg, Manager, Works on Paper & Photography Collections
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA
Del Zogg holds a bachelor’s degree in Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master’s degree from Syracuse University. His photographs are part of the permanent collection of several major museums and numerous private collections.
A specialist scholar and curator in photography, he has been the Manager of the Works on Paper Study Center and Collections Manager, Works on Paper + Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston since 2002. Prior to joining the MFAH he worked at George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film for over twenty years.
He has participated in portfolio reviews for Fotofest, the Houston Center for Photography, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, and Photo Lucida. He has curated several exhibitions at both Eastman House and MFAH.
Mr. Zogg is most interested in work that shows a mature vision no matter what the age of the artist. Antique or alternative photographic processes are of interest as are traditional imaging processes.